The Walking Dead: Too Far Gone

The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead was last night and it hit home on many different accounts. For one, I was a huge fan of The Governor. I am upset that he’s no longer with us, but of course, expected this day to come. I’m also hungover with sadness by the gruesome death of Hershel Greene. There are questions upon questions running rampant in my mind. The best I can do for you guys, and myself, is to make a few statements about last night’s key characters.

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Leave your thoughts below! 

Tara

I fell in love with this character last night when she got lippy with the Governor after he admitted to have taken two people hostages. The uncertainty of taking the prison was written all over her face (watch as the battle goes down and she hides behind the car door). I think this gives room for some hope that she will switch sides, not like there’s much of the other side even left. When Rick asked her, “is this what you want?” before The Governor hacked at Hershel’s neck, you could clearly see discomfort. I predict she will join the Grimes group in the second half of season four and become a strong female asset, alongside her sister Lilly, sans little Meghan.

“We’re not suppose to be doing this. He chopped a guy’s head off… with a sword.” 

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Judith

After close consideration, I’ve decided that Lil’ Asskicker is still alive. Since the little girls, led by Lizzie, did not get on the bus, I believe the baby was grabbed by either some other Woodburian or Tara. The carrier she was in was not filled with blood, just a tad bit bloody. In the comic, Lori is shot while escaping with baby Judith and crushes her on the fall. Let’s just be happy we didn’t get to see all of that.

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Hershel

It was a painful scene to watch go down. Hershel had started off in season two as a vital character: he saved Carl’s life after being shot by Otis. He continued to play an important role for Rick’s group by letting them stay at his farm despite clearing the barn he kept filled with walker-family. He helped best he could with one and a half leg, utilizing his skills as a veterinarian and farmer. His death was brutal and slow, but one could almost predict it was going to happen for him last night. Outside of Maggie and Beth, Hershel’s death will have a lasting impact on Rick, who confided in the old man for advice and direction.

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Rick 

Faced with one of the toughest decisions yet, group leader Rick made the choice that decided the fate of dozens of people. He chose to stay, stood up to The Governor and stood his ground instead of hitting the road. He even tried to convince the opposing side that they could become leaders, and proclaimed that after The Governor destroyed Woodbury, they had been taken in and cared for at the prison. A very moving speech, indeed. But it didn’t work. Now would they have been allowed to leave the prison peacefully? It’s hard to tell, but I think The Gov would have killed them all anyway, especially Michonne. So did Rick make the right decision? That poor guy.

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The Governor

A great psychopathic television character, Philip “The Governor” Blake finally met his demise last night. Some may say that his death was long overdue, but the way last night’s episode was composed, the wait was well worth it. Michonne got her revenge in an episode that reverted back to its comic-roots. I must admit that I will miss him dearly. The complexity of his character is unrivaled. No other character on The Walking Dead has been as mysterious as they have been openly hateful and sick-minded. David Morrissey did a fantastic job recreating one of Kirkman’s biggest comic villains. Who’s ready for Negan?

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I wish I may, I wish I might

  • I firmly believe Lizzie is the person who killed Karen. So I’m hoping that once Tyreese finds out that it was Lizzie, he will be more accepting because she saved his life when Alicia was trying to shoot at him in the garden. He would have been dead if it wasn’t for those little girls.
  • Carol returns to the group.
  • Tyreese becomes a stronger male force.
  • Abraham is introduced in the second half of season four

I hate this part. You know, the part where we wait until February to find out all those burning questions. Last night’s episode finally used the original source material to finish off mid-season with a serious bang. The graphic novels are there for a reason, and I hope the writers see the success in “Too Far Gone” and decide to use those comics as a resource until the end of season four. I am happy to see they are leaving the prison behind and hopefully moving toward the next ruthless villain.

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8 thoughts on “The Walking Dead: Too Far Gone

  1. omarid513 says:

    I was pleased with the midseason finale. Good, but not great, and I think the Governor’s attack on the prison was wisely toned down, given the death count this attack had when the prison was overrun in the comics. Had a feeling SOME-one would get the sword, but didn’t think it would be by the Governor’s hands. Assuming we’re spoiling here, I don’t buy people who believe that the baby is gone. Like Carol last season, if we don’t see a body when they die, they’re not dead. TV logic and all. So satisfied with the episode. Though given that Herschel was the only character that we care about so far to have died during this episode, it seems that the prison group, as far as their numbers, got off easy. Good, not great, and looking forward to the second half. As much as I liked the Governor as a force, and it does blow that he came back only two episodes ago and now he’s gone, it opens the door for the Hunters. Agreed about Abraham. My prediction is that the bulk of the second half will be about Carl and Rick, as well as the others, scattered and trying to fend for themselves. By the end, we’ll be introduced to Abraham, which leaves the bulk of next season hopefully for The Hunters.

    • sarah On The Go says:

      I agree that it was a toned down version of the comic. I just wish they stuck with the original storyline because it’s a little hard to believe that those people would rally behind The Governor when they’ve known him for what, a week? Not to mention he killed the tank guy’s brother, Martinez went missing, and everything has gone wrong since his arrival. They really built Hershel up the last couple of episodes just to give him a glorified death. He didn’t need that build up, people liked him since we were first introduced to him. There were faults this season, I blame mostly all of them on the new showrunner, Scott Gimple. Glen Mazarra was the man.

      Fingers crossed for good ol’ Abe next half. Thanks for stopping by and leaving awesome feedback!

  2. Christopher S. Malone says:

    Mind friggin’ blown. I wrote a quick synopsis last night (http://wp.me/p3pepp-qR).

    I definitely agree with you on a lot of things, including Little Ass Kicker. Her “Uncle” Daryl was using that zombie as a shield, and he was covered in blood. I think he scooped her up.

    There should have been a higher “good guy” body count. If you are going to hold true to the “anyone can die” concept, you need to off at least two characters you love. Despite the fact that everyone LOVES to HATE The Gov, that does not count.

    Tyreese definitely will not forgive Carol right off the bat, no matter if the kids saved his ass.

    I’m so curious to see how this all turns out since the graphic novel and show are drastically different.

    • sarah On The Go says:

      I LOVE your write-up! Very interesting points you make. All I really know is, this next half, they need to build up Tyreese more. He was such a damn cool role in the comics. He’s sooooo whiny and watered down now. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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